Today is Women’s Equality Day and the 90th anniversary of the effective date of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed equal political rights for women. It may seem unbelievable to many Americans today, but for most of this country’s history, women were denied the franchise in states across the country (some states allowed women to vote before ratification of the 19th Amendment, others did not).
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By Courtney Hostetler, CAC intern, Yale Law School ‘11
Yesterday, a federal district court judge in Virginia declined to dismiss a challenge brought by Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to the “individual mandate” contained in the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the historic health care reform law enacted earlier this year. The ruling, by Judge Henry Hudson of the Eastern District of Virginia, was not a decision on the merits of the state’s arguments but rather a procedural ruling that allows the lawsuit to proceed.
In today’s Washington Post, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, claims that President Obama’s nominees to the federal trial and appellate courts are “moving along.” It takes a great deal of chutzpah to make this claim in the face of the actual data, which show, as we detailed in a post here several days ago, that Senate Republicans are engaged in unprecedented obstruction of the President’s lower court nominees.
This is the tenth installment of Constitutional Accountability Center’s new series, ‘Strange Brew: The Constitution According to the Tea Party,’ exploring the Tea Party’s erroneous claims about the Constitution’s text and history.